BitDefender Rescue bootable USB (flash drive)
This tutorial is for creating a bootable USB (flash drive) to use on a computer that will not boot up to Windows due to damage caused by virus, trojans, worms or rootkits.
Important! The loading process might take some time with a number of long pauses. Don’t think that it has stalled or isn’t working. You just need to give it some time to finish.
Make sure your USB drive is already plugged in so that it is detected and selected automatically.
Read this tutorial carefully before beginning. If you don’t know what you are doing or have any questions, stop and ask someone who does know! You can do damage to your computer if the instructions are not followed correctly.
I do not take responsibility if the computer ends up damaged from using this tutorial. I have tested it though and it worked fine.
Creating the BitDefender Rescue USB
Download the BitDefender Rescue CD to your desktop.
- Choose the download titled BitDefenderRescueCD_xx.x.x_xx_xx_xxxx.iso, which is the first .iso link.
Download the Windows version of the UNetbootin – Universal Netboot Installer to your desktop.
Double click the UNetbootin – Universal Netboot Installer to start it.
You’ll see the following screen. Select the options as shown below.
Important! Check that the correct drive letter is selected for your USB Drive. If not, you may overwrite important data!
Click on OK to load the next screen. This shows each stage of the creation process. There will be some long pauses as the large files are extracted and copied, so be patient.
Once completed, you’ll see the below screen…
Do not click on the Reboot Now button! Simply click on the Exit button and remove the USB drive. The BitDefender Rescue USB is now ready for use.
Using the BitDefender Rescue USB
To use the bootable USB simply plug in the USB to the infected computer and and then start the computer. During the boot process, choose USB or Removable Drive as the first boot option from system BIOS or use the F8, F12 or ESC key during the boot process for the BIOS screen to choose the boot options. (Using the F8, F12 or ESC key will depend on the make and model of the computer. Look at the screen when the startup first begins to determine what option you need to choose. Tapping the key during startup will activate the boot options.)
If the above method does not work to boot the USB then see here. Common USB BIOS boot options. <<– Caution!! Changing settings in the computer BIOS should only be done by skilled users. If you are unsure of what to do then ask in one of the Free PC Support Forums listed at the bottom of this guide.
You should not have to change any of the options during the boot process. Just let everything load and the scan will begin. On the very first menu, do not select *Console Mode* unless you are an advanced Linux user.
When the scan is complete, let BitDefender remove or quarantine anything found and then exit the BitDefender scanner.
Right click an empty space on the desktop and choose Exit from the menu. You will see Linux go through an unloading process. At the end it will say to remove the CD from the CD/DVD drive but using this method you will remove the USB Drive. Next press the Enter/Return key on your keyboard to Exit and turn off the computer.
Restart the computer normally.
Note: If the booting from USB option isn’t available on your computer, you’ll need to boot from the CD/DVD drive using a CD burned from the BitDefender Rescue Disk .iso file.
You can also run a rootkit scan by double clicking the ChkRootKit icon from within the Linux/BitDefender desktop. Rootkits can be hard to remove so if a rootkit is found I suggest asking for help in removing it by visiting one of the computer help forums shown below.
Also if you need help with removing other malware from your computer feel free visit any of the computer help forums for assistance.